HOW TO GROW THE CALIFORNIAN POPPY
The Californian poppy - Eschscholzia californica, is a popular hardy annual native to the United States and Mexico, and is the official state flower of California. It is a dwarfing in habit, has finely cut blue-green leaves, and will grow to between 10 and 50 centimetres in height. It is particularly suitable for garden edging and for rock gardens although it may become invasive overtime.
They will perform best in poor sandy soils, in a sunny position. They are also suitable for exposed or coastal areas. Like many annuals, if you deadhead the flowers to prevent the seed pods from forming you will encourage further blooms. However this can end up being a rather labour intensive performance.
Californian poppies are easy to grow from seed and can be sown in either September or March in their permanent position outside. September sown stock may require the protection of a cloche over winter unless the site is sheltered and well drained.
If you are growing the Californian poppy for cut flowers then the stems should be removed from the parent plant at bud stage.
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